Soyuz MS-03

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Soyuz MS-03
ISS-50 Soyuz MS-03 docked to Rassvet over Florida.jpg
Soyuz MS-03 docked to ISS
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2016-070A
SATCAT no. 41864
Mission duration 196 days 17 hours 49 minutes
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-MS 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3 launching
2 landing
Members Oleg Novitskiy
Thomas Pesquet
Launching Peggy Whitson
Callsign Kazbek
Start of mission
Launch date November 17, 2016 20:17 UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date June 2, 2017 14:10 UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking port Rassvet nadir
Docking date November 19, 2016 21:58 UTC
Undocking date June 2, 2017 10:47 UTC


Soyuz MS-03 crew (2).jpg
(l-r) Pesquet, Whitson and Novitskiy
Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)

Soyuz MS-03 was a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 17 November 2016.[1] It transported three members of the Expedition 50 crew to the International Space Station. MS-03 was the 132nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander with American and French flight engineers.


Position[2] Launching Crew Member Landing Crew Member
Commander Russia Oleg Novitskiy, RSA
Expedition 50
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 France Thomas Pesquet, ESA
Expedition 50
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Peggy A. Whitson, NASA
Expedition 50
Third and last[4] spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[5] Crew Member
Commander Russia Fyodor Yurchikhin, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Italy Paolo Nespoli, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Jack D. Fischer, NASA

Mission highlights[edit]

Soyuz MS-03 launched with Expedition 50/51 on November 17, 2016 20:17 UTC. Astronaut Peggy Whitson, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space.[6][7]

Soyuz MS-03 docked at the International Space Station on November 19, 2016.[8]

On June 2, 2017, MS-03 undocked from the ISS, carrying Novitskiy and Pesquet back to Earth after 196 days in space. Whitson remained on the ISS and returned on Soyuz MS-04 on September 3, 2017.


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  3. ^ Harwood, William. "Whitson's station expedition extended three months". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Potter, Sean (15 June 2018). "Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires". NASA. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  5. ^ (2015). "Планируемые полёты" (in Russian). 
  6. ^ "NASA's Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Woman in Space - ABC News". Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  7. ^ Chiara Palazzo Associated Press. "Nasa veteran Peggy Whitson becomes the oldest woman in space as she blasts off for ISS". Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Welcome Aboard! New Arrivals Make Six Expedition 50 Crew Members | Space Station". Retrieved 2016-11-24.